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Working Title Deconstructs the Superhero Genre With ‘Astro City’

Thursday, July 22 by

Bruce Campbell?
Working Title has optioned the superhero send-up Astro City. Kurt Busiek's comic follows the superheros, villians, and ordinary citizens of Astro City as they react to one another and the world in which they live. The characters are all archetypes of popular comic book icons like Batman, Superman, The Flash, and the Joker.
The real-world plotlines have involved a reformed supervillian trying to walk the straight and narrow, as well as a sidekick initiation. Yikes, hope it wasn't getting paddled with a stop sign. Actually, that does sound fun. Let's get that on film. (Deadline)

Karl Urban May Be Sentenced To ‘Judge Dredd’

Thursday, July 22 by

Star Trek's Karl Urban is expected to be offered the role of Judge Dredd in Pete Travis's gritty 3D take on the hanging judge. But I think the bigger story is that an actor would want to play Judge Dredd. I'm just playing. If early buzz is correct, Travis's take will wash the taste of Stallone's Dredd out of our mouths for good. And I, for one, am all for getting that zesty comingling of poop and piña colada off my tastebuds.
Of course, anything can happen at this point but I think Urban would be a solid choice for the role. I would normally suggest Ron Perlman but science hasn't been able to craft a helmet large enough yet. Maybe someday when technology catches up to imagination. (Bleeding Cool)

The Muppets Join Forces with Pixar to Kick All Kinds of Ass

Thursday, July 22 by

Good news for people who like things that are unbelievably awesome. Jason Segel and the team involved with the next Muppet movie recently met with the bigwigs at Pixar to discuss ways to make your head explode.
Some of the members of the so-called "Pixar Brain Trust" — filmmakers John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Michael Arndt, Bob Peterson and president Ed Catmull — were there for the consultations. Docter is a particularly avid Muppets fan, so he almost certainly was one of the attendees. On the Disney side, Muppets director James Bobin and producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman were likely in the room along with Segel.
While plot details are hard to come by, as long as they don't have Kermit and Fozzie experimenting with homosexuality and adopting African children, I'll pay to see it twice. And even if they did go that route, with this kind of talent behind the film, it's hard to imagine how it could end up sucking. In fact, I haven't been this excited about a film's prospects since I first heard that an unfettered George Lucas was working on a little film called Phantom Menace. (THR)

Brad Pitt Sets off ‘World War Z’

Thursday, July 22 by

Brad Pitt is about to launch World War Z, according to the book's author, Max Brooks.

After five years in limbo, Pitt's production company is finally moving forward with the project. Using Michael Straczynski's adapted screenplay, World War Z will chronicle life in a post-apocalyptic zombie-infested universe. Pitt himself will star in the film, which Paramount has slated for release in 2012.

Having read the book a few years back, I'm excited to see it headed to the big screen. I'm not excited enough to risk leaving my heavily fortified zombie-proof apartment/command center, but I'm excited none the less. That reminds me, does anyone know how to fix a chemical toilet? Mother is complaining about the smell. (Cinema Blend)

Ryan Reynolds ‘Buried’ Alive for Your Amusement (Trailer)

Wednesday, July 21 by

If you’ve ever wanted to put Ryan Reynolds in a coffin, then we’ve got a trailer for you. Reynolds stars in Buried, the story of a man who wakes up…

Mel Gibson Hates The Old Spice Guy

Wednesday, July 21 by

Mel Gibson phone call rant to Old Spice guy [animated] – Watch more Funny Videos
Go easy on the man, man.
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‘The Hangover 2′ Is Headed To Thailand

Wednesday, July 21 by

Zach Galifianakis is now the proud papa of a Thai baby.
Todd Phillips, you a sly boots. The director went on record last fall to shoot down the rumors that The Hangover 2 would send Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha to Thailand stating that, "There's a lot of rumors. There was rumor also that it was going to Mexico or something and neither are true." A source told ComingSoon today that the production will move to Thailand this fall to begin filming. So, who's right? The director or the anonymous source? Somebody get Sumner Redstone on the case.
Whether the report is true or not remains to be seen, but I think Thailand would be a hilarious backdrop for the outrageous comedy. Think of all the comedy they'll mine out of Muay Thai kickboxing and teenage prostitution. Perhaps a Roman Polanski cameo can even be worked in.

Zack Snyder Has Begun Writing ’300′ Sequel ‘Xerxes’

Wednesday, July 21 by

Zack Snyder has finally agreed to make a sequel to 300. He was always hesitant to commit until he saw how Frank Miller's Xerxes comic turned out. If it wasn't awesome and didn't loan itself to unnecessary slow-motion, then it wasn't going to happen. Luckily for ab-crunching actors everywhere, Miller's comic made the grade. Snyder tells the LA Times what we can expect from the sequel:
"This movie follows Themistocles and the Battle of Artemisium, which coincidentally happens on the exact same three days as the Battle of Thermopylae [which was the basis of '300']," Snyder said. "This one starts off with a quick retelling of the why of the Persian wars. It starts off at the Battle of Marathon and then it goes back to Themistocles  finding out that Persians are invading again. and off we go over to learn a little bit about why Xerxes is the way he is."
I'd always assumed he was that way because of a handsy uncle.

‘The Company Men’ Trailer: Ben Affleck Gets Sh*t-Canned

Wednesday, July 21 by

"I'm f..f…fired? Derp."
Dammit Ben Affleck! We should have known better!! First, you won some of us over with Hollywoodland. Then, you shut up all the haters by directing the sh*t out of Gone Baby Gone. Which you then followed up by starring in the equally awesome-seeming The Town, which is directed by everyone's new favorite director, Ben Affleck. And then you churn out this generic guy-gets-fired melodrama on our chests and destroy all your hard-earned goodwill. Mother was right! You didn't change!! YOU'LL NEVER CHANGE!!!
WATCH THE TRAILER FOR "THE COMPANY MEN" FEATURING TV'S "COACH" AFTER THE JUMP….

Seth MacFarlane Assigned The Hoff’s Roastmaster

Wednesday, July 21 by

Seth MacFarlane has stolen the Friars Club crown and sceptre from insult king Jeffrey Ross, as Comedy Central has chosen the "Family Guy" creator to head the Roast of David Hasselhoff. The evening, which is sure to not lack in fast food-centric material, will also feature Pamela Anderson, Whitney Cummings, Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli, (a scorned) Jeffrey Ross, Jerry Springer, and Hulk Hogan. Ah yes, the wild card. There's always one of them, like Bea Arthur at the Pam Anderson Roast or George Takai at the Shatner one. I just hope Hogan is writing his own material instead of using Lampenelli's toss-outs. The jokes about black guys wanting to f*ck him won't pack the same punch. (Movieline)

‘Ramona and Beezus’ Actress Bridget Moynahan

Wednesday, July 21 by

Bridget Moynahan started her career with a recurring role on "Sex and the City" then turned it into a wet t-shirt contest with Coyote Ugly before hooking up with quarterback Tom Brady and making tabloid history. This former model now turned MILF is also a younger cousin of Rosie O'Donnell. Don't believe me? Look it up.
A word from Bridget: "I'm not one of those people who thinks they simply deserve success. I have the drive to work."
How taxing that must be. I savor a delicious Capri-Sun in the backseat as Mommy navigates the treacherous L.A. roads to my office everyday.
More pics of MILF Bridgette after the jump…

Will Christopher Nolan Cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt As The Riddler?

Wednesday, July 21 by

The rumor that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has beat out Eddie Murphy for the role of Riddler in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight sequel has been floating around the Internet and abstinence meet-ups for a little while. Today First Showing got there hands on a casting grid that confirms the thesp may sign on to tease Batman's brain.
The grid lists the Riddler as a character appearing in the film, with Gordon-Levitt listed as "interested." Whether this will come together or not is anyone's guess. Maybe they'll need him for a G.I. Joe sequel instead. What we do learn from this is that the Riddler will show up to piss Batman off with confusing labyrinthian puzzles and traps. Think of it like Nolan's reimagining of Saw.

‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger’ Trailer Screams Woody Allen

Wednesday, July 21 by

Stroke or physical abuse?
Oh man, Woody Allen is really Woody Allening it up in the trailer for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. The film stars Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas, Lucy Punch, and Gemma Jones all unhappily shuffling through life, falling in and out of love, as an omniscient narrator delivers the subtext.
It could be a sequel to Vicky Christina Barcelona with the unfortunate absence of Scarlett Johansson's pouty lips. Allen even managed to make Brolin a schlubby writer with self-esteem issues. Put down that hammer, Woody, you're breaking too much new ground!
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger plops down into theaters September 22, 2010.
Check out the trailer after the jump…

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER

Wednesday, July 21 by

Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch, Gemma Jones
Synopsis: Unhappy people fall in and out of love in a Woody Allen fashion.
Release Date: September 22, 2010

More Young Actresses Hope To Ink ‘Girl With Dragon Tattoo’ Lead

Wednesday, July 21 by

David Fincher has got the ladies lining up. His English-version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is gearing up for a December 21st, 2011 release date without any of its casting in place yet. Daniel Craig is up for the lead, but scheduling conflicts may have him running around dressed like a cowboy for Jon Favreau longer than anticipated. The story everyone is wondering about, however, is who will snag the role of Lisbeth Salander?
Emily Browning, Rooney Mara, Sophie Lowe, and Sara Snook have been added to the expanding list of actresses up for the part. Speculation is heavy, however, that Fincher will cast an unknown for the role. Die Antwoord singer Yo-Landi Vi$$er has also been buzzed about for the role. For reference, here is a picture of what Vi$$er looks like… on purpose.

I don't know. I like the idea of using an unknown, but Yo-Landi looks like she was designed by Guillermo del Toro. They should go with an actress who won't give the audience nightmares. (Variety)

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